Kurdish YPG forces repel a renewed attack by ISIS south of Hasakah

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Kurdish fighters of the YPG shooting at an ISIS position during clashes south Hasakah. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

Hasakah – The Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) repelled Islamic State (ISIS) militants who had infiltrated into Syria’s northeastern Hasakah Governorate.

Clashes broke out on Tuesday in the vicinity of Shaddadi city after ISIS militants attacked a security checkpoint controlled by pro-Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). 

The fighting’s epicenter was the villages of Hut and Hamma, southwest of Shaddadi. Local sources reported casualties on both sides. However, ARA News could not verify the exact number of casualties. 

“After three hours of clashes, Daesh militants were forced to retreat towards their bases in Margada city near the administrative border of Deir ez-Zor Governorate,” a YPG officer told ARA News, using an Arabic acronym for ISIS.

Similar clashes took place last Sunday. ISIS carried out a car bomb attack on an SDF security checkpoint near Shaddari city and shelled the local SDF headquarters. At least five SDF fighters were killed and two others were seriously injured.

Also on Sunday, ISIS jihadists tried to push into Azzawi town, which is also in northeastern Syria. Heavy clashes ensued.

“ISIS militants have been trying to infiltrate into Shaddadi and other areas in southern Hasakah,” an SDF spokesman told ARA News. “Our forces were able to repel the attack and forced ISIS to withdraw towards Deir ez-Zor.”

In mid-February 2016, the YPG and allied SDF fighters concluded a protracted campaign by liberating Shaddadi city. In recent months ISIS has been trying to return to the area, launching mortar and car bomb attacks from bases in Deir ez-Zor Governorate.

Reporting by: Ahmed Sawes & Qehreman Miste | Source: ARA News

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